In an unprecedented move, the Israeli government has allowed Palestinians injured in the ongoing conflict in Gaza to leave the strip for medical treatment outside the region. This is part of a special ceasefire agreement agreed to by both Israeli and Hamas forces last week. Despite the brief ceasefire, many international aid groups have reported that critically ill and injured Palestinians have been unable to obtain necessary medical attention.
According to reports, the first group of patients have been allowed to pass through Israeli security checkpoints and enter into Jordan. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) assisted with the evacuation. This is the first time that Egypt and Israel have allowed injured civilians to leave Gaza since the conflict erupted in June.
The evacuation is seen as a sign of progress in the conflict, as both sides agree to the need to provide medical aid to those in need. However, some human rights activists have pointed out that this move is not enough, and more needs to be done to ensure the safety and security of civilians on both sides. They have called for an unconditional ceasefire between the two sides, and the opening of humanitarian corridors in Gaza to ensure the safe passage of foreign nationals and humanitarian workers.